Let's Think Twice about New Wave
In the 80s, I kind of felt like I was living in the Twilight Zone. Particularly the episode where everyone thinks people with pig faces are beautiful. Back then, people were wearing asymmetrical everything, giant hair, giant shoulderpads, giant polkadots, and dayglo colors to complement the ultrathick, bushy eyebrows. My mother would try to force these horrible clothes on me in the dressing room, and it was as if they were burning my skin. Why were punkers the only ones who could see how ridiculous it was? I felt so grateful and validated when people finally started making fun of the 80s mainstream fashion and insipid new wave. Thank God they could finally see what I saw.
Recently I have noticed the influence of 80s New Wave seeping into bands like Gram Rabbit and Pop Tart Sprinkle and the Candy Kids. Their music is actually kind of good, which is what makes it so insidious. But I am on to them. They are showing up in public wearing ruffled miniskirts, asymmetrical ponytails and day-glow colors. New Wave is threatening to rear its ugly head again. Sure, electroclash was a little new wave, but it was more of an electronica thing. Dance clubs can have their Cherry Bikini. Electroclash didn't hit the mainstream. But right now I am beginning to feel The Fear. High School Musical and American Idol are covering this crap. A frightening nostalgia looms dangerously. Maybe people have just forgotten how bad it was. And before this goes any further, I think it is my responsibility to remind everyone before it's too late. We can still turn back.
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